Before you wear a new garment, put a little clear nail polish on the front and back of each button. Buttons will stay on longer when their threads are sealed. When laundering clothes, add detergent to the machine first. Pouring detergent on clothing can cause fabrics to fade. White shoe polish will apply more evenly if you rub the shoes with a raw potato or rubbing alcohol before polishing. Vinegar and water will remove salt stains from shoes and boots.